Hungarian and Ukrainian First Ladies Inaugurate Rehabilitation Center at Orphanage in Ukraine
Anita Herczegh, the wife of Hungarian President János Áder, and Ukrainian First Lady Marina Poroshenko, together inaugurated a rehabilitation center at an orphanage in Rativci (Rát), a village in Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region.
The orphanage in question, the St. Michael Center, currently houses 35 children who are being raised in family homes within its complex. According to the Center’s own site,
some of the children at St. Michael’s come from state orphanages, while others are directly taken from unfit parents and broken homes,” while “the parents of the houses are Christian couples who have opened their hearts and welcomed these orphaned children into their families.
As such, the “rehabilitation” in question is meant to help prepare children “for adulthood and integration into society.”
Árpád János Potápi, State Secretary for Hungarian communities abroad, said that the Hungarian government had supported the construction of the family houses and the rehabilitation center with 70 million forints (EUR 218,000).
At the opening ceremony, Herczegh said that in addition to this amount, The Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary would grant 3.2 million forints (EUR 9 744) for the purchase of equipment for the center. Poroshenko thanked the staff and leadership of the orphanage for providing family-scale homes for the children, who are all orphans from poor backgrounds.
She added that the support and understanding of Hungary shows that
despite borders, we are all parts of a large European family.
The first ladies also greeted participants in a charity run that left Budapest on 4 June to raise money for the Rativci rehabilitation center.